Hi-ho, hi-ho it’s off to the panto we go

PANTO SEASON:  Kate Cowley as Snow White

PANTO SEASON: Kate Cowley as Snow White

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WHAT do you think of when you hear the word ‘pantomime’?

Do you think of laughter, of fun and happy thoughts?

Well that is exactly what the Manx Operatic Society has in store for you when you watch Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Gaiety Theatre this Christmas. The two-week run begins on Saturday with plenty of matinees and discounts for families, senior citizens and youngsters.

Spokesman Nicola Openshaw explained: ‘We have a beautiful princess, seven charming dwarfs, a wicked queen, a glittery fairy and much more, coupled with some amazing songs, both traditional and modern. Slap-stick gags, jokes that make you groan, pyrotechnics and lots of singing and dancing.

‘The Society has worked tirelessly to bring to the Manx public a pantomime that will ensure you leave the theatre with that warm, fluffy Christmas glow.’

She said: ‘We started the audition process in July when we auditioned more than 100 children for the parts of the dwarfs and villager children.

‘We brought with us 34 children who make up the Snow White Team, 4 Junior Adult cast, and a selection of company.

‘Snow White is played by two ladies, Kate Cowley, who has performed with the society in a number of shows, and newcomer Abi Newton who this year played the lead in Our House in Peel.’

Alongside them, Jack Divers will play the Wicked Queen Morgiana, Dean Callow plays Prince Lorenzo, Carrie Hunt plays the lovable Fairy, David Lyons plays Herman The Henchman, David Cowley plays Muddles the Jester and Bob Harrison plays Tom Bowler the Inn Keeper.

‘We are happy to welcome a number of new performers to the Manx Operatic Society both as company and as dancers,’ said Nicola, ‘It is always great to have new people join the society, and what better way to get to know everyone than in pantomime.’

The costumes and scenery have just been delivered and the cast have now moved into the theatre for rehearsals.

Nicola explained: ‘The scenery is vibrant, and the opening number is full of colour and will make you sit up in your seat and prepare for a fantastic journey.’

The team once again welcome Scott St Marytn as director of their show.

Nicola said: ‘He understands how pantomime should be. He has, over his career, performed in and directed hundreds of pantomimes, with Snow White being one he took part in as Herman the Henchman.’

She concluded: ‘Ticket sales have been good and steady.

‘So if you love pantomime at its best then Snow White is not to be missed, and we look forward to sharing a magical Christmas with you.’

The shows, which run between December 15 and 31, start at 7.30pm, with 2.30pm matinees available.

Tickets start at £20, with concessions available. Call 600555 to book.

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